Tapas house drawing from influences across the globe. Taps feature Belgian beers. Formerly called Stella's.
Stella's is a perfect place to sit outside and watch the nightlife in the area. The beer selection is their specialty and they don't disappoint. While expensive for a small little bottle of Belgian beer, it's very good.
Don't even bother with the food, it's very poorly done and slathered in Mayo... but it's a bar... so don't expect anything more.
Overall we found this restaurant a nice surprise on a spur of the moment drop in.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the service was quick despite it being a Friday dinner rush.
My only criticism was each dish we ordered came smothered in aioli sauces that overpowered the otherwise originality of the tapas. Not to mention leaving us with an overly stuffed heavy feeling afterwards.
Tone down the aioli bath theme and I will highly recommend this restaurant.
I always give a promising venue a second chance, so I will be back.
On the holiday weekend I had brunch here. I ordered eggs benny with spinach and tomato. My friend had the benny with shrimp and avocada. The eggs they use are free range and done to perfection. The hollandaise is "real". They are served on a croissant which I liked....made it a bit lighter than traditional english muffin. They came with a nicely dressed side salad and diced potatoes that had a spicy bite too them. I always enjoy their choice of Belgian beers. Service was good. I forgot my credit card and the waitress ran up the block to catch up with me to return it. Most would have kept it until I returned for it. Good on her!
Stellas is great for a lively atmosphere, and it's of course in a great spot on the Drive. The servers are all lovely and great at what they do. The food however... don't get me wrong, it's nice, quite inventive, well done, tasty, but expensive for what you get. I normally have the mussels which are an ok deal. I'm the type of person who would rather have a smaller plate of nicer food than leave a restaurant feeling sick to bursting, but Stellas take the wee.
The last time I was there I hadn't been in a while and ordered a couple of tapas plates. I inhaled them and was left $20 down, and still really hungry. Lovely food, but not cheap, and pretty small.
The person that prices the menu should remember that this is a pub that does nice food, not a fine dinning restaurant.
There couldn't be a much nicer location on the drive. The selection of belgian beers is great and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I was pretty disappointed with the food however, as is often the problem with restaurants that try to dabble in too many cuisines, it didn't quite work out. Everything was okay, and nothing was memorable.
So go if you want a quick meal on a nice patio in town, but not if you want a memorable dinner.
Love this place. Have been at least 10 times and all menu items are great! Only complaint is sometimes the pacing gets a bit crazy. My trick - take your time and order two items at a time - highly reccommend the Mushrooms with blue cheese, the mini steak taces, the calamari with black olives and capers and of course the tuna!
Food: It was pretty good. We got the sweet soy tofu and chicken wings. The sauce with the tofu was a little strong, but tasty.
Service: Great. Our waitress actually knew enough about the beer selection to recommend something we really liked. Really friendly even when I made an ass of myself asking why all our food didn't come out at the same time.
Value: It's on the pricey side. $7 for three 1/2" thick slices of tofu with sauce on them, and I think $9 for a pound of chicken wings. Definetly treat/snack food not a place for a meal.
Ambiance: nice place, kind of reminded me of Banff or Jasper. Clean and tidy. A major plus: they cover the mussels on the way out of the kitchen so the steam doesn't stink up the entire bar. I hate bar seafood smell.
Overall, I don't think I'd go back. Maybe just for drinks, but I can't afford to eat here often.
We went on a Wednesday night so we were able to get a table right away. The waitress was friendly and attentive, and came by the table often to check up on us. We ordered the wings, humus and pita, mussels, and the wontons. My fave were the wings with the sweet gooey goodness. The humus could have had more 'zing' to it. How the mussels were served were good...we ordered the Madrid style but the mussels themselves seemed overcook. The wontons were ok but I personally don't prefer the currey peanut sauce it was served it...it seemed to cover the taste of the wonton too much. Overall it was good, and I would come back again for brunch or try other tapas.
Have been here a couple times and can always depend on good beer selection, neat tapas selection and a eclectic room with kinda-kool buzz to it.
Notable were the prawns, mussels (Normandie & Orleans), frites and seared tuna - average (at best) were the chicken wings.
Not for the budget-minded
Came here on a Saturday night around 9pm. Ten minute wait for a table. Service was personable and attentive despite being fairly busy. I had the jambalaya and my friends had a dessert each. The jambalaya was delicious with enough chicken, sausage & seafood on it. My friends said the creme brulee and chocolate brownie was really good. Highly recommended.
Sunday, street blocked off for the jazz festival. Not many people either on the street or in Stella's. I love Stella's, but something has changed. More staff running around than customers and we couldn't get seated. Wait, wait, - what's the problem. Stop talking to each other and focus. Focus on the customers.
Next problem, Stella's used to have a menu item, delicious thai prawns, huge. Grilled, 3 of them delicious. Well some smart back room person person is buying smaller prawns that lack the flavour, punch, juiciness. B string product.
Worse yet, on Sunday we placed two orders of prawns and rec'd old stock. The prawns stuck the shells, dried out, tasteless, small. We sent them back. Not edible.
I don't know what's going on, but it's not all good. I'll go back in a month and see what happens. Who knows, could have been a bad day. Stellas has a wonderful history. I think the manager needs to stand up and start managing.
Stella's is one of my favourite places to go for casual dining and a great beer selection. The food prices are reasonable and the quality is consistent... the the six or seven mussel dishes are always good (be sure to get a side of bread to soak up the sauce with), the salads are decent, and the tapas, while not traditional in the Spanish or Portuguese sense, are tasty with a fusion flair about them.
It's the beer list that continues to draw me back to Stella's. Over the past year, I've begun to discover the variety and complexity of Belgian beers, and Stella's has an amazing list that spans four pages. Most are in the $9 range, but when one considers these same beers often cost between $4 and $5 at Brewery Creek, Viti, or Firefly, they are not bad values at all. Their tasting notes for each of the beers is very accurate, and the staff seem, for the most part, knowledgeable about the different beers. The great thing is the chance to share a beer and a plate of food to try different pairings... I recently had the Nostradamus Aud Bruin with the Pomegranate molasses chicken wings, and it was a great combo!
Stella's can get noisy, but considering they haven't tried to position themselves as a "fine dining establishment" (as has Chambar), the noise doesn't bother me in the least. If you are looking for some great moules frites and an incomparable selection of Belgian beers (probably three or four times the number that Chambar has), Stella's is the place to go.
I have eaten here a couple of times before. The first time, a long time ago, was forgettable, the second time (recently) I had the mussels Normande, which were very good. But I went back there and had them again this week, and was so put off that I don't think I'll ever eat mussels again. When the waitress set the bowl down I could smell that they weren't fresh - they have a distinct taste and smell when they're not fresh, and any chef should know that in an instant, and should not have served them (I mean, come on! They're so cheap in any case!). After I'd forced my way through about half of them, I regretted not sending them back. I know mussels can be hit and miss. But these were a definite miss, and you don't expect that in a restaurant that has a decent reputation. In fact, speaking of misses... I won't be back here.
Amazing Belgium beers by the bottle and on tap. Nice well designed and tasty small tapas like dishes. Like all places on the drive, no air con, so pretty hot if inside. Decent service although they did forget my order twice!
We went here very early in the evening, around 4:30-5. We were the only ones in the restaurant, so needless to say, we got more than enough attention. The wait staff was very patient with us when we took forever to make decisions on food or drinks.
We ordered the lobster dip and the charcuterie platter. I agree with the previous reviewer who said to stay away from the lobster dip. It was very rich (made with tons of sour cream, I believe) and the cheese on top does nothing for it. It had a strange aftertaste that permeated into my other food. The fresh chips that came with it were great.
The charcuterie was very good, with fresh cheeses and meats, olives, pickled onions, fruit, and crispy bread. We could have eaten two or three trays of this stuff.
For dessert we had the chocolate melt cake which has a type of beer in it and sour cherries. It was very nice, and the beer really brought out the deep chocolate flavour.
The atmosphere was nice, we sat next to the open window on a nicely sunny day, which made it very pleasant. It helped that we were in a quiet corner in an empty restaurant, which is the kind of atmosphere we enjoy.
We'd definitely go back for the charcuterie and the service.
A family no turkey dinner night out tonight. The evening started off with Gavin our knowledgeable and friendly server recommending a number of interesting Belgium beers. The Triple Karmeliet, Bornem Double, and Mort Subite Kriek were excellent choices for the table. Lovely French onion soup, bocconini salad, Thai mussels and maple chicken were our fav's. The Kriek beer was fantasic with the chocolate tort. Very friendly service throughout the evening and our new favourite on the drive.
Went to Stella's a few weeks ago. This place is excellent. Alexandra (manager) offered us the best service we've had in years at a restaurant. If she doesn't own this place the owners should give her a raise. The food here is very good and the beers are second to none. Nice atmosphere and clean and comfortable. Great offering of tapas and too many beer to mention. We will be back!
Restaurant was very busy for a weeknight. Service was brisk, but efficient, food arrived quickly, and was very enjoyable. Server a little too quick to request plates to be removed from our table.
Surprise, gratuity was already added to the bill, athough our party was less than 10. (consulted others who have been in the industry, and the norm is 10+). Unfortunately this dampened our enthusiastic evening somewhat. Not certain if we will return again.
Stella's is all about the Belgian beer, and that alone makes it stand out from the rest. But the decor (lots of wood, glowing lights, cozy tables) and general atmosphere also make this a distinct location. Not the place for a romantic evening (way too noisy!), but perfect for a group of friends. As noted in other reviews, the Belgian beer menu is very detailed and extensive; a note of caution for regular beer drinkers - these beers sneak up on you with a big whack of alcohol! The tapas menu is hit & miss. Mussels (Thai, Stella's) were tasty and delicious chewy bread was the perfect accompaniment. But frites were uninspired with a terrible 'lemon' aioli, and calamari was poorly done. Keep talking with the friends and you won't notice the shortcomings!
Great and Fast service, Good food, pleasant abeyance
There server was on top of her game, she knew all about the beers, and food.
All in all a great meal for a rainy day. I will defiantly be back again.
Mussels, Hotpot, Kobe salad, Boccaccio salad, Chicken wings, Poutine fries with miso gravy, and a few deserts.